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In Class 4, our future's so BRIGHT, we've got  to                                    wear shades!

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Varjak Paw

We have kicked off this theme by reading Varjak Paw written by the extremely talented SF Said. We have absolutely LOVED this book. Our hearts were in our mouths throughout. Just like Varjak’s friends, we urged him on in his mission to save his family of true Mesopotamian Blues. Joining Varjak on his extraordinary journey, we laughed, sobbed, clapped and cheered throughout. From our reading, we have started writing our very own stories with a twist of suspense. Read some of our amazing examples above.

In Science today we looked at food chains. We started by discussing key terms such as: source, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, predator, prey, herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. We were given a number of organisms we then had to order into food chains. Later on, we played predator and prey games linked to the food chains we had created. It gave us some idea how difficult it must be for predators to catch their prey!

Over the last two weeks, we have been multiplying and dividing using written methods. This week we used part-part-whole model to help us with our division. We worked so hard that our brains hurt!

Today we discussed digestion. We started by thinking about where the stomach, oesophagus and intestines are in our bodies. After that, Miss Issa demonstrated how food is digested using a plastic bag, tights, orange juice, crackers and some cups. It was extremely gruesome! 

We had an AMAZING World Book Day last week. Our picture book was Tuesday by David Wiesner. In the morning we created soundscapes to match the pictures in this mischievous book. In the afternoon, we shared our favourite book with Year 2. We later designed our own front cover for a book about flying pigs! 

Every afternoon, Miss Issa chooses someone to be Gallant Gladiator. This child will be someone who has shown bravery in their learning that morning or earlier that week. In class, we talk a lot about positive mindset. This reward is for those children who exercise a positive mindset taking new learning and challanges in thier stride! The chosen one will get to wear a Roman gladiator costume for the afternoon to show that they are amazing! 

To end our unit on Rivers, we created 3D modroc models illustrating the journey of a river from source to mouth. Year 4 worked well as a team to plan and recreate each feature of a river on their very own model. 

Multiplication using concrete resources

Independent Reading Time

Yesterday we went to Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. We had an amazing time studying the River Ribble and learning all about the water cycle. We looked at the features of a river and understood what the terms erosion, deposition, meanders, tributaries, source, mouth and run-off mean. In the afternoon, in the woodland area, we made models of our own rivers including all the features we had learned about! Year 4 had an extremely busy and fun filled day.


In Science this week we investigated teeth. We looked at the shape and size of molars, incisors and canine teeth. We used these teeth and tested them on different foods to investigate their purpose. This led to us comparing the skulls of animals and discussing whether the animals were herbivores, omnivores or carnivores based on the teeth they had. 


Investigative maths

Investigating Conductors and Insulators January 2020

Christmas Salt Dough Decorations

Journey of a River - Freeze Frames

To understand the features of a river, today we created some freeze frames. The children were given key words such as: source, meander, tributary, confluence, ox-bow lake, delta and mouth. Using these key words, they created freeze frames to represent each word.


Investigating Circuits

Today we made circuits. The children were shown a number of circuits as images. They had to predict whether or not the circuit show would work. Following this they made the circuit to see if their predictions were correct.


Today we began our science experiment investigating the process of mummification.


In English we have been writing instructions on how to mummify a dead body. We couldn't get our hands on a dead body so decided to mummify a tomato instead. We had lots of fun making natron salt and digging out the insides of a tomato (just like the Ancient Egyptians dug out organs...urgh!) 


Year 4 have made their predictions on what they think their tomato will look like in 2 weeks. What do you think?

Triads - Collaborative learning

This week we have been learning how to collaboratively assess the work of others in triads. We have listened to and followed the work of others giving them valuable feedback to make their work even better. 

Over the last 3 weeks we have had an absolute blast making these amazing paper mache masks. The children are so thrilled with them! Many intend to use them as part of their Halloween costumes and others enjoyed playtime 'chariot racing' on the playground. There was some disagreement about which team won, nevertheless there was side splitting laughter! 


We had an absolutely amazing time at the Palace Theatre today watching Awful Egyptians. We learnt all sorts of gruesome things, our favourite being all about mummification!

I was so proud of Year 4 - they represented St Joseph’s beautifully and got into the spirit of it all


Awful Egyptians - Palace Theatre

In Science this week we have been observing what happens to the state of solid chocolate when it is heated. We melted milk, white and dark chocolate. First, we made predictions on which chocolate we thought would melt first and why. Then, we carried out the investigation, timing the melting point of each type. To finish we recorded our results and discussed them.


Science - Investigating Melting

Ordering a World History Timeline

To help us to use punctuation more accurately, we have used Kung Fu punctuation this week. It has been revolutionary when reading our work out loud as we have been able to hear where to slot in those pesky missing commas and full stops. 

Kung-Fu Punctuation

Check out our Phenomenal Pharaohs

Each day Miss Issa & Miss Davies will pick one child to be crowned a Pharaoh. To achieve this prestigious award, the children will have to demonstrate tremendous resilience and growth mindset in their learning during maths and English that morning! As a reward, they will spend story time in our class pyramid and read their favourite book. Exciting!